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Talented people

Photo: Ballyduff by Ita Hannon

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Nash’s Minerals was located in Listowel for many years, on the Bridge Road, where Tyre Stop is located now. The manager was Dermot Buckley. He did every thing, took the orders from all the pubs/shops, collected the money, and on a Saturday he delivered the orders with a tractor and trailer

Derry Buckley shared this photograph of his late dad, Dermot.

What a talent!

My daughter-in-law, Carine, and her mum, Cécile, holding the crochet throw Carine made for her mother. Reggie is impressed too.

These details from the crochet show the immense skill and craftsmanship involved.

Carine has already started on her next project.

+Pat Given R.I.P.+

Pat Given, one of Listowel’s last great classical scholars, passed away peacefully on April 30 2024.

Pat was a teacher, a poet and a gentleman. He lived a long and happy life with his beloved Lisha in Listowel, which shaped and made him.

The places I was most likely to meet Pat were at a book launch, in the theatre or in the newsagents. He was a man of letters. May he rest in peace.

Celebrating a Gymnast

A Fact

No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is completely black. Despite attempts, so far efforts to produce one artificially have failed.



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1 Comment

  1. Liz Chute

    Dermot Buckley was a gentleman ! His assistant was another lovely man Michael Holly from O’Connells Avenue.

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